28 Feb '17, 2pm

Government tries to puts itself above environmental law - The Ecologist

Government tries to puts itself above environmental law - The Ecologist

Not only is this a huge disincentive to bringing a public interest environmental case. The groups also believe it breaches EU and international laws on access to justice to which the UK is Party. New rules coming into force today will make it virtually impossible to bring a public interest case - like ClientEarth's air pollution challenge - to protect the environment. The new rules weaken financial protection for people or organisations bringing a case against the government, meaning they risk having to pay the government's full, unlimited legal costs in return for going to court to protect the environment. The current rules cap the costs that individuals, community groups and environmental groups have to pay on losing a case against a public body. These caps are currently £5,000 for individuals and £10,000 in all other cases. But under the new rules, claimants will have t...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2988699/go...

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